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Smartphones are becoming more popular in 2013 than ever before. There are endless models of smartphones with amazing capabilities from Android OS based Samsung Galaxy, HTC, Motorola, LG to the legendary Apple iPhone.

The amount of sales of the iPhone and Smartphones globally means that this industry is drawing in more and more customers and buyers by the day. There are several places to buy these devices. You can of course purchase them brand new at an authorized retail location, or you can purchase them on eBay, Craigslist or several other locations.

Unfortunately, there are more and more cases coming up of Blacklisted, Blocked IMEI # and Bad ESN Phones. These blacklisted phones have been around for quite some time and have been used in the past by Sprint and Verizon – both primarily CDMA networks. In 2013, T-Mobile and AT&T joined forces to disable or stop service on blacklisted phones. Consumers now have to pay closer attention and do their due diligence before purchasing iPhones and smartphones from unauthorized resellers and/or used devices from eBay, Craigslist and similar sources.

 

What does it mean if you have a Blacklisted, Bad ESN, Blocked IMEI iPhone or Smartphone?

 

- You will not be able to activate or transfer your cellphone plan to your device

- You cannot unlock it and use it for a different carrier

- Purchasing these devices can sometimes be hard to return

This applies to the T-Mobile iPhone 5 and other T-Mobile smartphones, AT&T iPhone and Smartphones, Sprint and Verizon iPhones and Smartphones.

 

We are providing you with links to instantly check the status of an iPhone or Smartphones IMEI, MEID or ESN Number

Select your carrier below:

T-Mobile:

http://www.t-mobile.com/verifyIMEI.aspx

Verizon Wireless:

http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/nso/enterDeviceId.do

 

 

The most common bad esn or blacklisted phones that are sold are:

iPhone 5S,5,4S,Lite

Samsung Galaxy S3

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 II

HTC One

Sprint iPhone

Verizon iPhone

T Mobile iPhone

AT&T iPhone

 

BAD ESN is an Electronic Serial Number which is used to identify CDMA Smartphones. There are generally 2 different types of smartphones – CDMA phones do not take Sim Cards and GSM Phones use sim cards.CDMA phones are typically used with Verizon and Sprint networks, although allot of their newer devices now include both CDMA and GSM technology. This is becoming more popular for Verizon and Sprint because it allows their phones to be used with Sim Cards when travelling overseas. GSM Phones are provided by T-Mobile and AT&T and do not have CDMA technology. ESN numbers are specific and unique to each device and cannot be successfully changed unless the issue with the previous owner has been resolved. This problem is common with Sprint and Verizon phones and unfortunately, Most consumers do not find out they purchased an iPhone or Smartphone with a bad esn until after they receive it and try to activate it. Usually, asking Verizon or sprint for help with this situation always comes down to one answer; contact the original owner to resolve the issue with their account or try to return the phone for a refund. This isn’t always easy to do, especially if it was purchased locally or on craigslist. If the iPhone or Smartphone was purchased on eBay, contact the seller immediately; although sometimes the seller will notate this in ultra fine print in the description or will find one reason or another to deny a return/refund.

 

Sprint and Verizon and now Tmobile and AT&T have the ability to block their CDMA and CDMA + GSM devices for the following reasons:

 

-        Reported Lost or Stolen

-        Outstanding unpaid balance or bill

-        Unpaid early termination fee

-        Switched from Carrier while still on contract

-        Unpaid balance to insurance company

-        Sold while still on contract

-        Behind on bill

We are providing you with links to instantly check the status of an iPhone or Smartphones IMEI, MEID or ESN Number

Select your carrier below:

T-Mobile: http://www.t-mobile.com/verifyIMEI.aspx

Verizon Wireless: http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/nso/enterDeviceId.do